Is Insulin Resistance Stopping You Losing Weight
There are some people for who the simple equation of eating less calories and taking more exercise just doesn’t equal weight loss. If you are one of those people who have always struggled to lose weight, even when following a diet to the letter, you might be suffering from insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance arises when your body is no longer capable of using insulin produced by the pancreas efficiently and as insulin is required to control the blood sugar levels in our body, insulin resistance results in rising blood sugar levels which is turned to fat.
Whenever you eat anything, the insulin levels in your blood increase as insulin is needed to help transport sugar to the cells throughout your body. Foods high in carbohydrates cause a more marked increase in blood sugar levels meaning that more insulin is needed to get the sugar to the cells.
When large amounts of foods high in carbohydrates are eaten on a regular basis the insulin receptors in the cells in your body can become desensitized to insulin. This means that the cells don’t get the glucose, amino acids or fatty acids they need and as a result excess sugar builds up in the bloodstream which has to be processed by the liver into fat.
However weight gain is not the only result as without the essential glucose, amino acids and fatty acids that the insulin would normally deliver the cells begin to breakdown in a process called neuropathy. This could result in loss of sensation to your feet or hands or even produce changes in your vision.
Problems with controlling blood sugar levels is one of the indicators of Metabolic Syndrome which increase the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or of having a stroke.
The good news is that insulin resistance can be managed by adjusting the metabolic imbalances so if you think you might have a resistance to insulin don’t delay, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.
Apart from difficulty losing weight other symptoms of insulin resistance may include:
- Weight gain around the midriff
- Always feeling hungry
- Lethargy and/or sleepiness after eating
- Difficulty concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Increased blood glucose levels